The maker of Noel Edmonds' comeback show Deal or no Deal pledged to capitalise on our renewed appetite for game and quiz shows yesterday.
Dutch company Endemol said it had enjoyed worldwide success with the Deal or no Deal format, in particular in the United States and the UK, where the programme has been a ratings winner for Channel 4.
In the US, newly-created formats Show Me The Money and For The Rest of Your Life have been sold to Fox and ABC respectively while the rejuvenated version of Endemol's existing format One Versus 100 has been sold to NBC.
The company said: "The success Endemol has enjoyed worldwide with Deal or no Deal during the first quarter, in particular in the UK and the US, has resulted in an increasing appetite for game shows - a core element of Endemol's portfolio - which Endemol is capitalising on."
Big Brother, the television company's most successful export, has also continued to perform well. The reality TV show was on air in more than 20 countries and returned to the screens in Italy and Belgium after an absence in 2005.
Deal or no Deal and Big Brother both generate substantial revenues from viewer phone calls and text messages.
In a statement, the company added: "Compared to the first quarter of 2005, Endemol enjoyed a strong increase in business across all genres and most of its markets, especially the US, UK and Italy.
"The overall financial out-look for 2006 remains good."
Endemol said its scripted dramas and soap operas had enjoyed "a sound performance" particularly in the Netherlands, Italy and Spain.
The company, which aired more than 100 programmes last year including The Match and The Games in the UK, was part of Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica until it was spun off last year for around £1 billion.
A spokeswoman for Endemol UK said Deal or no Deal had been an "absolutely huge success for Endemol and Channel 4" and had reignited the game show format.
Earlier this year, Endemol signed a two-year deal with Channel 4 for a further 230 episodes of the show, which regularly gets four million viewers - 40 per cent of the audience share.
The spokeswoman said Endemol was in talks with other broadcasters about producing further gameshows.
Deal or no Deal is a hit in 45 countries and the biggest show on Channel 4, she said. ..SUPL: